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The Best Ways To Drink Cognac…When You Know Nothing About It


Besides knowing that it hails from France and features a flavour profile that’s smoother than an oiled-up Tom Jones (don’t picture that), the occasional bar goer won’t know much else about this premium variety of brandy people like to call Cognac.

So what makes a Cognac a Cognac? Well there’s actually legal production requirements that Cognac makers need to follow before they can call their brandy Cognac.

The Cognac Process

  • It must be produced in the wine-growing regions of Cognac and in the departments of Charente and Charente-Maritime
  • Brandy must be twice distilled in copper pot stills
  • Aged at least two years in French oak barrels from Limousin or Tronçais
  • Most Cognacs spend considerably longer “on the wood” than the minimum legal requirement

Who Can Drink Cognac?

Today’s Cognac has well and truly grown beyond the tastes of ‘that-dapper-old-guy-in-a-corner-with-a-cigar-and-three-piece-suit’.

According to Romaric Behaghel who is the ambassador for Martell, Cognac used to be a must-have in the back bars, nightclubs and collector cabinets, but these days patrons can use them to make all sorts of cocktails to suit any occasion whether it be a Summer drink by the pool or a night out on the town. Most importantly, they taste insanely good.


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